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March 19, 2015

With a highly efficient, powerful, clean-running sled, a group of University of Wisconsin-Madison engineering students took first place in the highly competitive internal combustion division of the 2015 SAE International Clean Snowmobile Challenge.

March 13, 2015

When you discover a new organism, you get to name it — but not for yourself. There are rules to the naming business in biology. You can, however, name it for the sponsor of your research. When Chris Hittinger and his group of yeast researchers at the University of Wisconsin-Madison found a rather aggressive yeast, it was natural to name it for the fierce carnivore that is the mascot of his home institution: Bucky Badger.

Choi Lab

March 10, 2015

In a study published March 9 in Nature Chemistry, University of Wisconsin-Madison chemistry Professor Kyoung-Shin Choi presents a new approach to combine solar energy conversion and biomass conversion, two important research areas for renewable energy.

March 06, 2015

Governor Walker’s proposed budget eliminates funding for energy funding on the UW-Madison campus. Joy Cardin speaks to the Associate Director of the Wisconsin Energy Institute who says these cuts will hurt research and innovation in bioenergy. 

March 04, 2015

Conducting great research and making exceptional advancements in the field of engineering has earned two UW-Madison professors recognition by membership into an elite institution known as the National Academy of Engineering. Raymond J. Fonck and Thomas M. Jahns were announced as two of the 67 newly nominated members to the 2015 Class of the NAE, a profound professional distinction and high honor in the field. The NAE specifically honors engineers whose contributions in research, practice or education have exceeded expectations.

March 01, 2015

In an about-face from his first term, Gov. Scott Walker wants to eliminate funding for a University of Wisconsin-Madison renewable energy research center that has played a key role in helping land one of its biggest government grants ever.

February 25, 2015

The Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center (GLBRC), one of three bioenergy research centers established in 2007 by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), recently celebrated the filing of its 100th patent application.

February 25, 2015

The government is spending far too little money on energy research, putting at risk the long-term goals of reducing carbon emissions and alleviating energy poverty, some of the country’s top business leaders found in a new report.

The American Energy Innovation Council, a group of six executives that includes the Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and the General Electric chief Jeffrey R. Immelt, urged Congress and the White House to make expanded energy research a strategic national priority.

February 24, 2015

Nurturing a research culture in which science converges with economic, social and policy concerns has been a deliberate project for the Wisconsin Energy Institute (WEI), a transdisciplinary research hub. Originating in the College of Engineering, WEI grew out of a desire to address public concerns about energy, and to facilitate cross-disciplinary research. This brings UW-Madison engineers into collaboration with everyone from bacteriologists to policy scholars.

February 20, 2015

In the heart of Wisconsin, a project is underway to produce energy from a resource in little danger of running low: cow manure, also known as "brown gold."

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